Dropping Gumballs On Luke Wilson
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Dropping Gumballs On Luke Wilson

Dropping Gumballs On Luke Wilson NYC Reviews and Tickets

(57 Reviews)
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Funny, Entertaining, Clever, Quirky, Great acting

About the Show

Working Theater's new play is based on a true, little-known story about the making of an iconic TV commercial in which a legendary film director puts a movie star's life in the hands of a very jittery props guy. 

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Member Reviews (57)

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876 Reviews | 906 Followers
Slow, Preachy, Great staging, Uneven, Entertaining

See it if It's entertaining enough but uneven overall. It started well and funny and creative.

Don't see it if you don't want to be preached by a child of privilege​. Read more

851 Reviews | 1007 Followers
Amusing, Well acted, Has potential, Disappointing

See it if You enjoy behind the scenes stories of the entertainment industry. The concept is fun.

Don't see it if I felt the show needed to be quicker, sharper and funnier. It's only 75min but it felt slow at times and too long.

965 Reviews | 339 Followers
Great staging, Great writing, Delightful, Clever, Absorbing

See it if you'd like a compact, LOL exploration of power abuse /corporate greed. Very well acted/staged (w/projectns) Based on true, fascinating story

Don't see it if you only like old-fashioned theater. DG is grounded in truth, but has flights of fancy. Relevant theme of absol power corruption. Engaging!

952 Reviews | 387 Followers
Great acting, Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Entertaining, Clever

See it if You want to see a quirky show that will really take you on a head trip if you let it. I suggest you let it. Lots to think about in there!

Don't see it if You want a fluffy silly little comedy. This ain’t it. It has some funny moments but it’s got a lot to say. Read more

983 Reviews | 229 Followers
Slow, Quirky, Disappointing, Banal

See it if If you do not see that is not sharp or crisp. It gambles on novel production but is not really all that clever.

Don't see it if If you want a tight production. If you want a quick paced show.

811 Reviews | 221 Followers
Entertaining, Great acting, Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Quirky

See it if you like very sharp comments on corporate culture vs. democracy, sprinkled with some humor in an unusual presentation, well-acted & staged.

Don't see it if you are looking for a strong plot in the usual sense of a comedy-this is based on a true happening and in that sense only offers the title!

539 Reviews | 1877 Followers
Refreshing, Confusing, Intelligent, Clever

See it if Quirky show but very original. Takes a turn toward the end that gives the message. Was a little jarring. But made for good post chat.

Don't see it if You want a direct and straight forward show with a clear first, second and third act story arc.

746 Reviews | 124 Followers
Refreshing, Thought-provoking, Quirky, Funny, Clever

See it if you enjoy idea driven humor. The characters all do what they have to do and the results are preposterous.

Don't see it if silly over the top logic taken to extremes irks you.

Critic Reviews (16)

The New York Times
June 19th, 2019

“’Dropping Gumballs’ stretches Ackerman’s anecdote over a very thin 75 minutes...But the play does have a delicious villain in its Morris, played by Wohl as a tyrannical perfectionist who thrills at his own gravitas...As written, Wilson is a cartoon, but at least he has charisma, which our hero, Rob, and his thinly drawn colleagues sorely lack. That’s not the actors’ doing; the trouble is in a script that wants to honor the characters’ toil but can’t locate the drama in it.”
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New Yorker
June 21st, 2019

“Directed with a gently surreal touch by Rebeck, the actors impersonating the celebrities are delightful: Sale’s Wilson is paunchy and aloof, and Wohl’s Morris is an offhand megalomaniac. But it’s the crew members whose perspectives make the premise of this show so weirdly engrossing. Ackerman is interested in big ideas which is one of the best jokes here: to load such heavy stuff onto such an absurd frame.”
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June 18th, 2019

“’Dropping Gumballs on Luke Wilson’ ricochets plenty of candy and themes, but in its 75 minutes, this thin workplace-humor production doesn't give us enough to chew on...Watching an avalanche of gumballs bounce off of Luke Wilson's head was funny in a slapstick way. That being said, the concept of a human pachinko machine repurposed from a 30-second telecom commercial was not enough to sustain my emotional interest in this show.”
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Lighting & Sound America
June 27th, 2019

"The playwright Theresa Rebeck makes her New York directorial debut here and she handles both sides of the play -- the show business shenanigans and clash of ideas -- with authority, putting a well-cast troupe through their paces and never letting the action go slack...The production benefits from a design that adds verisimilitude to these amusingly dubious proceedings."
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June 24th, 2019

"A decade has passed since the much-criticized AT&T vs. Verizon commercials starring Luke Wilson took to the airwaves, but playwright Rob Ackerman has chosen to bubble up their essence into his whimsical, off-the-wall new play, 'Dropping Gumballs on Luke Wilson,' helmed by Theresa Rebeck in her New York directorial debut."
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Theater Pizzazz
June 18th, 2019

"Seems to cram in every labor-related issue that might appear in a packed 75 minutes...But ‘Dropping Gumballs on Luke Wilson’ lacks effortless flow. While the outpouring of emotion in the script must have been derived from Ackerman’s years as the Prop Master for SNL Film Unit, what is remembered is the humor, and the desire to turn the document of a day into an interactive experience...Funny, yet tragic...A must see for theater folks, with friends in the film and television industry.”
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Front Row Center
June 19th, 2019

"I laughed because this conflict is so familiar to me having been an actor on commercial sets and it is certainly too late to cry. My husband, my date, laughed because surely this is just a fun exaggeration, right?...The casting of this show is deliciously perfect. I’m sucked in and the familiar anxiety arises within me because the characters are true to life...Get your skates on. Go see this one before it disappears."
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June 21st, 2019

"One of the many problems that plagues this production is that there are almost as many platitudes strewn across the stage as gumballs, some more prevalent than others. The play does not have enough substance...Issues are established but never resolved leaving a void that is created by ignorance...Rebeck keeps the action moving...but is undertaking turning a one trick pony into a three-ring circus...The characters are too shallow and once the gumballs drop, the play is over."
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